15 Jul 2019

Trudeau and Trump raise detained Canadians with Xi at G20

Despite Trump and Trudeau’s entreaties, it seems unlikely that Spavor and Kovrig will be released before the Meng Wanzhou saga sees a resolution. The ongoing diplomatic snub of Canadian officials shows…


13 Jul 2019

PBoC to roll out fintech “sandbox”

The concept of a “regulatory sandbox” has become increasingly popular in recent years because it would allow various jurisdictions to experiment…


11 Jul 2019

End of the road for Anbang

Given the severity of Anbang’s woes, regulators will remain highly vigilant to ensure that China’s private insurance companies are tightly regulated and solidly solvent. What’s more, regulators will go to great lengths to…


11 Jul 2019

S&P becomes first foreign agency to issue ratings in China

It will be an uphill battle for S&P to grow its bond rating business in China. Issuers that would likely be rated lower by the foreign firm…


06 Jul 2019

China approves creation of domestically funded securities firms

This does not represent a market opening for foreigners, per se, but it does underscore that financial policymakers are seeking to…


05 Jul 2019

Guangdong accelerates GBA development

While many of the initiatives have been put forward in other GBA planning documents, the timeline of the reforms looks to be accelerated…


05 Jul 2019

Chinese-Canadian scientist ousted from laboratory

While the reasons behind Qiu’s termination remain unclear, it’s conceivable that mounting concern in Canada and the US about Chinese scientists conducting…


04 Jul 2019

CBIRC considers widening insurers ability to invest in equities

Regulators have been considering such a move for at least a month.


04 Jul 2019

CBIRC considers widening insurers ability to invest in equities

The move also reflects the gradual, ongoing loosening of the insurance sector’s ability to manage assets in a variety of ways – both to increase returns in the sector and to allow…


03 Jul 2019

Insurers increase capital by RMB 76 billion in H1

These capital increases are in response to tighter supervisory requirements, new accounting standards, increased risk management needs, and…


03 Jul 2019

Hong Kong auditors get access to mainland documents

This looks like a positive step towards clearing a longstanding hurdle that foreign firms have had in auditing mainland companies; however, it’s unclear how…


02 Jul 2019

JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley move closer to majority stakes in Chinese JVs

The asking prices in both deals appear excessive. The high prices that the Chinese partners are demanding are a good reminder that just because regulations change…


02 Jul 2019

Li Keqiang promises further market openings

Li also promised to address some of foreign companies’ biggest complaints.


01 Jul 2019

CBIRC relaxes requirements for insurers to invest in trust plans

The move signals regulators’ confidence in the stability of the insurance sector.


01 Jul 2019

CBIRC relaxes requirements for insurers to invest in trust plans

This is a further sign that regulators feel more comfortable that they have the insurance sector under better control. It follows from other moves in recent months, such as…


30 Jun 2019

BNP Paribas looking to expand China business

In an interview with SCMP, Lai said that the recent opening of China’s capital markets has created “unprecedented opportunities” for foreign banks. Lai said that…


30 Jun 2019

Alipay to bring unified mobile payment system to Europe

Amid heightened US-Sino trade tensions, Chinese fintech giants are looking to expand into other markets. Due to the high number of…


30 Jun 2019

Increased oversight over personal loans and credit card borrowing

Regulations are tightened as concern over rising household debt and capital flows into real estate market grow.


28 Jun 2019

New China Life appoints new CEO

On June 28, New China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. announced that Li Quan will take over as CEO. The position had been vacant since former CEO Wan Feng resigned…


28 Jun 2019

Xi promises further market openings

The financial opening measures outlined by the FSDC on July 20 are clearly an effort by the FSDC to make good on Xi Jinping’s statements at the G20, as well as…


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